Category Archives: England

Au Pair in Maidstone, England

Living in England would be my first home away from home in my trip around the world. In the green hills of Kent, nicknamed The Garden of England, I stayed with the Alsalman family.

Sylvie, Leo, Alizee, and Peacock at Leeds Castle
Sylvie, Leo, Alizee, and Peacock at Leeds Castle

Working as an au pair taught me the value of play. Alizee and Leo could turn any moment into a game or activity – creating fun out of everything.

Beach day at Camper
Beach day at Camper

Everyday I spent with the children, I woke with a new adventure to look forward to. Alizee and Leo reconnected me to appreciate the small pleasures that each day holds.

Making daisy chains at the park after school
Making daisy chains at the park after school

As we age I think it is important that we not forget the amount of available joy we have the potential to create – even from nothing.

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

One day, not so long ago, we were all children and our entire focus was only on play. It seems to me that such a desire cannot simply just pass away, but maybe gets suppressed by our growing responsibilities.

Playing at the modern statues in London
Playing at the modern statues in London

How would the quality of our lives change if every once and a while we decided to play with life just a little?

Alizee at Sports Day
Alizee at Sports Day